Category Archives: Tweed

Taking academe a little less seriously.


After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of Iowa

The tumult and drama of recent weeks finally drew to a close in Iowa City on Monday. No, it wasn’t the departure of the last presidential candidate or TV crew. It was the recapture of the University of Iowa’s lost goat, missing since late January and the subject of endless speculation, not to mention extensive coverage in the local press.

“We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park,” tweeted the university’…


Iowa State Senator Wants Public Colleges to Cut Ties With Stanford Over Halftime Show

bill in the Iowa Senate would ban the state’s three public universities from collaborating with Stanford University, except in athletics, until Stanford apologizes for its marching band’s halftime performance when Stanford and the University of Iowa faced off in the Rose Bowl.

Introduced on Wednesday by Mark Chelgren, a Republican, the bill asks Stanford to ”publicly apologize to Iowa’s citizens and to the University of Iowa for the unsporting behavior of the Leland Stanford Junior Universit…


U. of Iowa’s Search for Escaped Goat Enters Day 5

The University of Iowa is still searching for a goat that made a daring bolt to freedom five days ago. The male goat escaped Friday morning from a portable carrier while being transferred to an animal-housing facility at a university research park, and it has eluded the university’s animal-research officers ever since.

There have been a handful of sightings in the City of North Liberty, a suburb of Iowa City about three miles north of where the goat went missing, but university and law-enforcem…


U. of Iowa Doesn’t Know Why Its Fight Song Blares From an Empty Building in Niagara Falls

[Updated (1/27/2016, 3:17 p.m.) with expanded comments from a university spokesman.]

A University of Iowa spokesman said on Tuesday that he had “no clue” why the university’s fight song is being played, week after week, in a vacant building in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The mystery was first reported by the Niagara Gazette, which says the song has been repeated on a loop, for several hours at a time, on “most nights for roughly six months.”

The Gazette quoted a local business owner as saying that he ha…


Watch Students Freak Out When Beyoncé Shows Up on U. of Southern Calif. Campus

If you ever want to make a bunch of college students lose their minds, start a rumor that Beyoncé is using the campus gym. Then make it come true.

Such was the case at the University of Southern California on Monday, when Queen Bey was photographed literally hundreds of times walking from the gym (where, talk has it, she was rehearsing for the Super Bowl halftime show) to what I can only assume was an armored truck with Secret Service protection.

See the pandemonium for yourself:


You Won the Powerball. How Many of Higher Ed’s Problems Can You Solve?

If you missed the Great Lottery Craze of 2016, news broke overnight that three Powerball winning tickets for the $1.568-billion prize were sold to some very lucky people. We’re assuming you didn’t buy one of those tickets (shouldn’t you be shopping for a private island?), but let’s assume that you did and wanted to use all of that money in higher education. Which, if any, of the following problems could you fix single-handedly?

Note: For the sake of discussion, let’s assume you take the lump-sum…


Hoverboards: Fun, Mildly Dangerous, and Now Banned on Campus

If you’ve never heard of hoverboards, the rare techno-toy that is actually less cool than the image it projects, here’s a video of people trying to ride them but falling off. Hoverboards are essentially smaller Segways, without the awkward podium but with several documented hazards. Dozens of fires and injuries associated with the motorized scooters have prompted retailers like Amazon to scale back sales, and New York City has banned them in public places.

Amusing and mildly dangerous? Sounds li…


Instructors, What’s the Oddest Thing You’ve Seen a Student Looking At in Class?

Behold a viral tweet, purporting to show an email from a professor to a student:

Personally, I don’t think his choice of photo is all that weird. Take a trip through any college student’s browser history (God help you), and I think you’d find some good Google Image searches.

In the age of screens, classroom distractions are manifest, and puppy photos are just one of many. We asked instructor…


In Televised Slight, Bates College Eyes a Chance to Court Lisa Simpson

The Simpsons (still on the air!) took a higher-ed potshot on Sunday, as it has from time to time over the past 25 years (remember Homer’s brief stint at Springfield University?). The butt of the joke this time around was Bates College:


But rather than lick its wounds over the slight, the college decided to own the joke. On Monday it posted the above re-creation on its Facebook page, attaching an encouraging message for Lisa, who has often agonized over her college choice.

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Cute gesture, and a f…